Spann Vineyards

2014 'Five Barrels' Petit Verdot

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This rare Bordeaux grape variety has a lovely black currant aroma and taste with firm tannins and authoritative structure. We traditionally use petit verdot to add color, dark fruit aroma and structure to our Cabernet Sauvignon blend, the same reasons it is used in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Often too tannic to make an agreeable wine on it’s own, we’ve been able to extract soft tannins out of the grapes from this vineyard, mostly by foot treading the grapes and careful use of the press at the end of fermentation
~Notes by Winemaker Betsy Spann
Appearance deep crimson
Aromas wild blackberry, bramble, roasted hazelnuts, tobacco, graphite, dried lavender
Palate dark chocolate covered blueberries, well integrated silky tannins
Food Pairing Suggestions
With its bold style, concentrated fruit and prominent tannins, this wine needs richer, full dishes to compliment it. Experiment with grilled ribeye, BBQ brisket, roasted rack of lamb, spicy sausage and red sauce pasta. Pair with hard and/or aged cheeses such as Stilton, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego and Cheddar.

75% Petit Verdot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon


Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA & Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma Valley, CA

99 cases
Aging Potential
Drink now through 2025
About The Vineyard

The petit verdot is from the Schmidt Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley while the cabernet sauvignon was sourced from Cross Creek Vineyard, one of the winery’s neighbors in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma Valley.

Winemaker Notes

– Fermented in open top bins, hand punched down and foot trodden. Full malolactic fermentation for all varietals was completed in 59 gallon oak barrels.

– Barrel Aging: Both lots were aged separately in two-year-old 59 gallon French oak barrels for 30 months, then bottle aged for three months prior to release.

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Betsy Spann

About the Winemaker:

Betsy’s love of wine was fostered by a move to Bordeaux with her family in 1975 where she explored the wines and cheeses of southwestern France.  After returning to California to attend college she went to work in a small wine shop where her interest grew and she opened her own boutique wine store. She then sold the shop and moved to Dry Creek Valley where she helped with the startup of Lake Sonoma Winery, working both in the vineyards and in wine production.

Betsy’s continued interest in European wines led her to Dallas, Texas to join the fine wine team of a large importing company.  This is where she met Peter, who charmed her with a keen sense of wine and an amazing wine cellar.  They fell in love, and married on one condition: that they would ultimately move back to her beloved California.  When they moved they decided to buy a vineyard and sell the grapes but when it came time to do so they decided to take the plunge and make their own wines instead.

Their experience with the wines of great producers around the world over the past 40 years has been invaluable. Peter and Betsy take the best ideas and techniques they’ve learned from European and California winemakers and apply them to their own wines.

They strive to create food-friendly, unique wines that are memorable and blend seamlessly into the occasion. Memorable in their purity, authenticity, distinctiveness, and enjoyment, seamless in how they integrate into the setting, whether it be with friends on the patio or accompanying a formal dinner. Whatever the time or place, Spann Vineyards will linger pleasurably on your palate and in your memory.





About the Winery
Spann Vineyards
Nestled among the majestic coastal redwoods of the Mayacamas Mountains, the steeply terraced mountainside vineyard yields small amounts of richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese grapes. From this and select cool-climate vineyards throughout Sonoma County, Betsy and Peter Spann craft very limited quantities of European-style blended wines, strongly influenced by their admiration of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany.
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